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Five frustrating fines for Chicagoans in 2013

December 13, 2013|By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco | RedEye

That orange ticket on your windshield is enough to turn you into a big ball of rage. It's only getting worse as the city this year raised some ticket fees and introduced a new big one.

Don't even think about relieving yourself in public during a parade no matter how bad you have to go or how much you've had to drink. The fine for drinking, urinating or defecating in the public way within 800 feet of a parade route was doubled to a range of $500 to $1,000.

Cyclists who ride their bikes all the way up north where the lakefront trail ends should think twice before riding on the sidewalk along Sheridan Road. The fine for adults riding their bikes on the half-mile stretch between West Ardmore Avenue and West Sheridan Road, which is about 6400 north in Edgewater, went up from $50 to $200.

Resist the urge to toss that gum wrapper out the window of the car. That could cost you. The fine for littering from a car increased to a range of $150 to $1,500 and the police could impound the car.

If it isn't bad enough that drivers pay more every year to park at meters, they also can get hit with heftier parking fines. Car owners will see a $60 ticket for not moving their cars for street cleaning, $100 ticket for parking illegally during rush hour, and $150 ticket for parking within 15 feet of a fire hydrant, just to name a few that were part of the 2014 budget.

Then, there's the speed cameras up and running in some locations since October. Drivers could get a $35 ticket if they go 6 to 10 mph over the speed limit and $100 ticket for going 11 mph and over.

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